Friday, March 17, 2006

The Sweet Release Of Press: CSUN 2006 Invitations

The below are straight up cut, copy and paste versions of the tons of email on CSUN announcements I have gotten over the last two weeks. Each will be seperated by my traditional ~~ so you can skip to the ones that interest you the most. Enjoy!

You are cordially invited to the first event of the post-screen reader era.
Mike Calvo, CEO and Founder of Serotek Corporation, invites you to join him in the Santa Monica A Room of the Hilton Hotel on March 23, from 9.00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and on March 24 from 9.00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. to hear, touch, and feel Serotek's System Access 2.0 operating from a second generation Key to Freedom, and delivering Accessibility Anywhere! There will be demonstrations every hour on the hour.
Do you really need to continue to use a screen reader? Serotek's award-winning System Access reinvents accessibility from a whole new technology base. A design breakthrough, System Access unleashes the underlying accessibility of the Windows operating system and the full range of standard Windows applications including Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, Internet Explorer, and Outlook Express. It also provides full access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook, including the Outlook calendar, along with read-only access to Excel and PowerPoint content. You also get access to Adobe Reader, Skype Internet telephone services, and much more. This is just the beginning; try it with your favorite application, and you may be pleasantly surprised how well it works out of the box. There's no need to write scripts or set files, just accessibility anywhere for everyone. System Access 2.0's unique virtual mouse gives blind users point, click, review capability they've never had before. System Access delivers remote access to the user's home system and even allows the user to run his or her conventional screen reader, remotely. System Access is easy to learn and easy to use; most users are up and running with full access with no more than an hour or two of training. Now they can invest all their training time and dollars in becoming experts in the actual applications. For newly blind individuals and technical wizards alike, System Access provides a level playing field at work and at play.
If that weren't enough, System Access 2.0 comes fully loaded on the second generation Key to Freedom with AutoRun Anywhere. Plug this flash device into the USB port of a Windows XP computer, and the computer is fully accessible in seconds. Remove it, and there is no residual left on the host system. Get off the chain -- the video chain, that is; there's no need to install flimsy and security breaching video chaining drivers, so you don't need administrative access to the computer. It is truly plug and play, not plug and pray. This makes the Key to Freedom perfect for public computers such as those found in libraries and universities. The retail price of System Access 2.0 and the Key to Freedom combined is less than half the price of a conventional screen reader. Even if you use a screen reader, System Access provides you a level of mobile accessibility not available in any other product on the market. This is why In 2005, Serotek was awarded the prestigious da Vinci Award by the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This award honors outstanding engineering achievements employing universal design principles to promote accessibility.
And this is only the beginning; Mike will also show you FreedomBox Network access from cell phones and PDA's. Visit <> for more information about this award-winning product!
If you are an adaptive technology reseller and want to be a part of the future of accessibility, Serotek is looking for you. We have some very attractive distributor/dealer offerings. You can be part of an adaptive technology revolution. Respond to this email with your contact information, profession, and the date and time you'll be attending. Let's get together and see if the chemistry works. But hurry; space is limited.
It's real! It's here! The post-screen reader era has begun.
See you at CSUN.
Mike Calvo

AD·AS will be on site at CSUN 2006 to show you our line of accessible computer furniture. The exhibit dates are March 22 - March 25. If you're not familiar with our products, this would be a great opportunity to see them up close. AD·AS offers the EquityTM and AccellaTM series --- computer workstations that adjust in height using a hand crank, and the InfinityTM series which adjusts with powered height-adjustment. You'll also be able to see and try out the options and accessories that enhance accessibility for your clients and patrons. AD·AS's accessible computer workstations are commonly packaged with other assistive technology in schools, libraries and government agencies.
We'll be at Booth #150 in the Hilton International Ballroom. Please stop by to say hello and to meet with us and sign up to win a free Ipod MiniTM that will be given away to a CSUN conference attendee.
Hope to see you soon!
Nancy Coupe'
Customer Service
2728 S. Cole Road
Boise, ID 83709
800.208.2020 toll free
208.362.8001 local
208.362.8009 fax <> <>

IBM will be showcasing Innovation that Matters at the CSUN 21st Annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference March 22-25 in Los Angeles, California.
The IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center will host the following key
Exhibit area - we will feature solutions to enhance learning and
productivity, drive the progression from compliance to usable access,
and assist with the creation of accessible applications.
General sessions - we will be presenting a broad array of topics ranging
from cost reduction of caption editing to including users with
disabilities in the design of products and services.
Chat room – new for 2006 – we are hosting an interactive breakout
session, "Accessibility and Innovation that Matters to the World", where
participants will learn more about IBM’s commitment to innovation in
accessibility and discuss how collaboration, standards and open
computing can lead to a societal transformation with global benefits.
We hope you will join us at CSUN.

IntelliSwitch for only $99 USD*
Click here to find out more <>
Computer access just got a lot simpler!
DiscoverPro software and the IntelliSwitch, provide wireless switch access to the computer for those who have trouble using a standard keyboard & mouse.

*Until May 31st, 2006, buy an IntelliSwitch for only $99 with the purchase of the DiscoverPro software ($399**).
See us at CSUN March 22-25
Booth Information:
Booth #143/144 Hilton and
Booth #316/331 Marriott
Thursday, March 23
1. "Wow! DiscoverPro 2.0 + IntelliSwitch + IntelliKeys = Powerful Computer Access"
Time - 1:45-2:45pm Catalina C in the Hilton hotel 2. "3 Easy Ways To Access - Touch, Point, Scan"
Time - 4:25-5:25pm Century CD in the Hilton hotel
Friday, March 24
3. "Discover Envoy for Mac OSX"
Time - 9:20-10:20am Catalina C in the Hilton hotel

Ai Squared

Quick Tips: Updates, Upgrades, Reinstallations and More

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Sooner or later, we all need to install newer versions of our computer applications in the form of updates and upgrades. Although extra preparation and caution is often required when updating and upgrading applications, this is not the case with ZoomText 9.
Still, for many users this is a disconcerting process that invokes a variety of questions and concerns. To ease these concerns, here are answers to the most common questions about ZoomText 9 updates and upgrades, plus a couple more about reinstalls and converting trials to products.
* Do I have to uninstall ZoomText 8 before I install my ZoomText 9 upgrade?
No. If you prefer, you may leave ZoomText 8 installed on your system and still install ZoomText 9. You can even switch between running ZoomText 8 and 9, however, when switching versions you may be prompted to restart your system first.
* Do I have to uninstall ZoomText 9 before I install a ZoomText 9 update?
No. In fact, a complete ZoomText 9 product must be installed on your system in order to install a ZoomText 9 update.
* What is the difference between a ZoomText upgrade and a ZoomText update?
ZoomText upgrades provide new and enhanced features that add valuable functionality to the product. Upgrades are denoted by a change in the tenths digit or the ones digit of the product version number. Specifically, upgrading from version 8.0 to 8.1 is a minor upgrade, while upgrading from version 8.0 or 8.1 to 9.0 is a major upgrade. Upgrades must be purchased from Ai Squared or a ZoomText dealer.
A ZoomText update provides performance enhancements and bug fixes for its corresponding product release. Updates are denoted by a change in the hundredths digit of the product version number. For example, versions 9.01 and 9.02 are both updates for version 9.00. Updates are provided free of charge and may be downloaded using the ZoomText Update Wizard, or from Ai Squared's website.

* If I need to reinstall ZoomText 9, do I have to uninstall the existing installation first?
Yes and no. If the version of ZoomText you want to reinstall is older than the version currently installed on your system, than yes, you will need to uninstall the version on your system first. Otherwise, no, you do not need to uninstall ZoomText first.
* If I reinstall or update ZoomText 9, will I lose my product activation?
No. Reinstalling or updating your installation of ZoomText 9 will not remove or corrupt the ZoomText product activation.
* Do I have to uninstall the ZoomText 9 trial software before I install my ZoomText 9 product?
No. In fact, you can quickly convert your installed ZoomText trial software into a full product, without having to perform another installation. Here's how…
Each time you launch the ZoomText trial software, the Activation Wizard appears, providing an option to activate ZoomText. Select the option – "I have a serial number and want to activate ZoomText" and you will be prompted to enter your ZoomText serial number, which you can find in your ZoomText product package. Enter your serial number and follow the prompts, and in a matter of seconds your trial installation will magically convert to a full activated product. It's that easy.
We hope that the above questions and answers ease any fears you have about ZoomText updates, upgrades, reinstallations, etc. However, if you're still apprehensive about performing any of these tasks, contact Ai Squared's product support department at (802) 362-3612 (option 3) or
ZoomText Giveaways and Discounts at CSUN 2006
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Ai Squared will be exhibiting at CSUN's 21st Annual Conference – "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" – March 22nd through the 25th in Los Angeles, California. The conference will bring together leading experts and manufacturers of assistive technology. Attendees will take in four days of presentations, workshops and product exhibits.
This year we will be raffling off one copy of each of our products (ZoomText Magnifier/Reader and ZoomText Magnifier) to show attendees who come by our booth and sign up for the giveaway. For those not lucky enough to win a free copy, a special CSUN discount will be available to all show attendees during the show and for a limited time afterwards. "We wanted to make CSUN a more fun event – for our customers and us – and we thought giveaways and discounts on show purchases was the way to do this", said Doug Hacker, Director of Sales and Marketing. "We’re confident people will be surprised at the discount".
The CSUN conference will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and neighboring Los Angeles Hilton. Please visit us at booths 218 and 231 in the Marriott Marquis ballroom to register for the free products, see live demonstrations of ZoomText 9.0 and pick up a free trial CD. While you're there, ask an Ai Squared representative about special show discounts on all Ai Squared products.
We also invite you to join us for our ZoomText presentations:
ZoomText 9.0: Overview for the AT Trainer Friday, March 24th at 10:40 am – Marriott, Dallas Room
ZoomText 9.0 New Features and Overview
Saturday, March 25th at 8:00 am – Marriott, Chicago Room
We look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about CSUN 2006


<> We've all witnessed the power of assistive technology and computers in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Equitable computer access is more important than ever in our schools, colleges and public places.
Today, accessible computer workstations from AD·AS are used in thousands of computer labs. We're proud of our role in creating accessible environments across the United States and overseas.
To make your computer lab accessible, consider these quick tips:

· Place printed resources in a location easily reached by a wheelchair user · Utilize signs with high contrast and large print · For each type of workstation in your lab, ensure that at least one is adjustable

For a comprehensive list of features an accessible computer lab should have, visit: <>
To view a short video of computer lab staff interacting with people with disabilities in an accessible computer lab setting, go to: <>
AD·AS is offering an Exclusive Spring Special for assistive technology professionals. For a limited time, purchase the InfinityTM Two-story, one of our most popular wheelchair accessible computer workstations, at 25% off of list price.

The InfinityTMTwo-story is an ergonomic computer workstation with motorized adjustment <>

Offer ends April 28, 2006. Call 1-800-208-2020 to take advantage of these savings, and reference the "Exclusive Spring Special." Exact shipping charges apply.
If you'd like to receive AD·AS product catalogs by mail, you can request them online or call us at 800-208-2020.
Nancy Coupe'
Customer Service
2728 S. Cole Road
Boise, ID 83709
800.208.2020 toll free
208.362.8001 local
208.362.8009 fax <> <>


Come visit HumanWare at CSUN
Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference March 22-25, 2006 Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Marriott Hotels HumanWare will be in booth 247 in the Marriott
Come visit the Humanware Booth at CSUN where we'll be demonstrating all our products including the BrailleNote mPower with the powerful new KeySoft 7. We will be highlighting exciting low vision and braille products for the blind and visually impaired.
Register to win a new, portable Color PocketViewer or Vibe, Digital Talking Book Player, and see a demonstration of each. (One entry per person). The drawings will be held at 4 PM on Thursday and Friday.
Also, you are invited to join us for a memorial to honor Russell and Marian Smith on Wednesday, March 22 in the Meridian Room at 7:30 PM.
Product-specific presentations will be held in the HumanWare Suite. This year our in-suite sessions will be held Thursday, March 23 in the Torrance Room:
10:00 AM BrailleNote mPower & KeySoft 7
11:00 AM Maestro, The Most Portable Hand Notetaker
12:00 PM Trekker, Portable, GPS System
2:00 PM myReader, The First Auto Reader
3:00 PM What's new with Braille Displays
4:00 PM BrailleNote Users Group
We will also have our ever popular KeyShop running for BrailleNote, VoiceNote and BrailleNote PK users. Stop by our booth for more information.
ViewPlus will offer presentations on the Tiger, Emprint and IVEO in Suite 1728 of the Marriott. The schedule is:
1-2 PM Tiger/Emprint
2-3 PM IVEO/Audio Graphing Calculator
3-4 PM General Open House
10-11 AM Tiger/Emprint
11-12 PM IVEO/Audio Graphing Calculator
HumanWare and our partners will cover many topics in presentations during the general sessions. There is sure to be one of interest to you:
DAISY: Why Daisy Has Been Adopted Throughout the World Gerry Chevalier, HumanWare Wed, 9:20 AM - Denver Room, Marriott
Trekker Reviewed An Advanced GPS System for the Blind Lucia Gomez, HumanWare Thurs 9:20 AM - Boston Room, Marriott
Digital Talking Books Life After the CD
Gerry Chevalier, HumanWare
Thurs 10:40 AM - Denver Room, Marriott
Victor Reader Soft
Ivan Lagace, HumanWare
Thurs 1:45 - Denver Room, Marriott
Digital Technology and Print Disabilities Brenda McBride, HumanWare Thurs 3:05 PM - Denver Room, Marriott
Maestro, My World in the Palm Of My Hand Lucia Gomez, HumanWare Thurs 3:05 PM - Boston Room, Marriott
Emerging Computer Technologies for Accessible Math John Gardner, ViewPlus Friday 8 AM - Chicago Room, Marriott
Future Accessible and Highly Portable Computing Platforms Ivan Lagace - Humanware Friday, 9:20 - Chicago Room, Marriott
Breaking Down the Barriers of Science and Engineering Using Adaptive Technology Noel Romey, U of Arkansas Friday 9:20 AM - Dallas Room, Marriott
Sensitive Braille Displays with ATC Technology (Active Tactile Control) Sigi Kipke, HandyTech Friday 12 PM - Dallas Room, Marriott
Tactile- Audio Diagrams - IVEO
Jeff Gardner, ViewPlus
Friday 2 PM - Chicago Room, Marriott

175 Mason Circle
Concord CA 94520
(800) 722-3393


Axistive is the Online Media Partner of CSUN 2006. Thanks to this partnership, you can now follow CSUN 2006 online, with daily news, interviews, articles and products live from the conference!

<> Visit Axistive's CSUN 2006 Special Reports Online <> !


Visit SSB BART Group
CSUN Booth #364 in the Marriott
Learn about the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) and SSB BART Group's deep bench of senior accessibility specialists. AMP combines a proven, metrics based, methodology with an easy to use web-based system for ensuring the accessibility of enterprise wide IT systems. AMP’s performance benchmarks are based on over 3 million data points from SSB BART Group's more than 1200 successfully completed accessibility projects.
For immediate assistance call:
415.624.2710 or 703.637.8955

It is hard to believe that CSUN is opening in just one week! De Witt & Associates will be there and we are very excited about all the fun and timely topics our staff will be presenting this year!
Live & Learn: Using eHarmony with JAWS, or Blind Dates and More!
De Witt & Associates President and Founder, John De Witt, relays his success in using eHarmony with JAWS. John will discuss tips and tricks for using eHarmony and talk about how he met his fiancé Paula using this service. John will be joined by Peg Halverson of The Sacramento Society for the Blind, who also met her husband Tom using eHarmony.
Friday 3/24/06, 8:00 a.m. in the Dallas Room at the Marriott
Live & Learn: Online Poker & Crazy Eights; Hands Down, Great Games!
Associate Patti Mitchell will be joined by Jeremie Spitzer from All inPlay to talk about how accessible online games can help new computer users gain confidence and provide all computer users with a thriving, fun community. This workshop will feature plenty of how-to advice for those new to this fun gaming software, plus information on how to integrate games into introductory computer training.
Friday 3/24/06, 4:10 p.m. in the Chicago Room at the Marriott
Don’t forget to stop by our booth to enter to win a $300 American Express Gift Certificate! 2nd prize will be a $200 Gift certificate. We’ll also be giving away three copies of Talking Typing Tutor! We’re at Booth 408, in the Saddle Brook Room at the Marriott.
Drop in your business card or give us your name and e-mail address to enter! And while you are at the booth, don’t forget to say hello. Our CSUN staff this year will be John De Witt, Rick Fox, Patti Mitchell, Joe Adamo, Del Basha and Larry Bonds.
At CSUN we’ll be introducing our latest Courseware offerings.
The all-new, all-updated Teaching and Learning the BrailleNote GPS: for Version 3.5. This is a must have guide for orientation and mobility instructors who need to teach students how to use this revolutionary product. As a CSUN special, good until April 21st, the Courseware is packaged free with every BrailleNote GPS purchased from De Witt & Associates.

Getting Started with the Internet and Word provides the basic lessons needed to get a novice computer user up and running with assistive technology. It is available in a JAWS and ZoomText version.
Come see us at Booth 408 in the Saddle Brook Room at the Marriott for more information!


If you have been reading about education trends in the US, then you know that the level of math and science achievement among our nation's schools puts us at a disadvantage compared to other countries in the industrialized world. What you may not know, however, is that this situation is further compounded by a substantial disparity between the math skills attainment of America's 6 million students with disabilities and those without. At Design Science, we believe this is a problem that needs fixing, and we are asking you to join us in trying to find ways to make math accessible.
The need for students with disabilities to be able to access the general education curriculum has been identified as one of the key factors in leveling the playing field and allowing students with disabilities to have the same ability to compete academically with their non-disabled peers. Although this fact has been recognized, there has been little work done so far which concentrates specifically on the accessibility of math instruction and assessment for students with disabilities. Some of the issues that must be addressed include the need for publishers, instructional software vendors, and assistive technology developers to support math accessibility in their products, and the need for all states to mandate accessible math instructional content and provide math assessments that are accessible to all students.
Design Science is working to help develop some of the technology infrastructure that will be critical in addressing the issue of math accessibility. We worked with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to help pioneer the major technology, MathML, which will be vital in creating accessible math. Design Science is also actively working with groups like the DAISY Consortium and the NIMAS Development Committee to further develop the international and federal standards which will support math accessibility in the future. We are further involved in research and development activities supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create advanced math accessibility technologies, including improved math-to-speech, synchronized speech/highlighting of math equations for individuals with learning disabilities, Braille support, and math search engine technology.
If these ideas sound exciting to you, we invite you to hear one of our leading math accessibility developers, Neil Soiffer, as he and two other leading experts in the field describe some of the latest advances in math accessibility during the CSUN panel session "Emerging Computer Technologies for Accessible Math," on Friday March 24, 8:00-9:00 AM in the Chicago Room of the Marriott Hotel.
Also, please visit us at booth #414 in the Marriott Hotel to learn more about the work we are doing in math accessibility, and find out what you can do to promote math accessibility policy and practice in your state. We invite you to pick up our handout on making math accessible to learn more. If you can't attend CSUN, or simply can't wait to find out about our current work in this exciting area, please visit our web site at
We're looking forward to meeting you in Los Angeles!
Stephen L. Noble
Director of Accessibility Policy
Tel: (502) 969-3088
Fax: (502) 964-5198
~ Makers of MathType, MathFlow, MathPlayer, WebEQ, Equation Editor, TexAide ~


Braille SENSE is introduced with Bluetooth, wireless LAN, MSN and power full database at the 2006 CSUN.
Please come to visit our booth #413, Marriott.
If you join our Session, you can learn more about it March 22nd 12:00PM to 12:30 PM, Boston-Marriott
SenseView the first and the world’s smallest portable magnifier designed for people on the move with 4.3" WIDE TYPE TFT-LCD is introduced at 2006 CSUN.
Also HIMS will show 2 additional desktop models.
Please visit our Booth #413 in Marriott Hotel.
If you join our SenseView session, you can lean more about P430.
March 24th 3:20PM to 3:50PM Dallas-Marriott


On behalf of Aequus Technologies, I would like to cordially invite you to attend the Snap!VRS and AspireReader™ product demonstration event during the 21st annual CSUN 2006 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference on March 23rd in Los Angeles, CA.
During this demonstration, members of the disabilities community will have the opportunity to join friends and colleagues to experience two new exciting products and services during 1-2 hour sessions:
Snap!VRS Demo
The new Snap! video relay service for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing will be demonstrated during a 2-hr session using the Ojo™ video phone. This remarkable new video phone offers true-to-life audio and video transmission that is sure to get you excited. For Snap!VRS subscribers, the Ojo is provided for at no charge.
Please click here for details > <!VRS_CSUN2006_Invitation_FINAL.pdf>
AspireReader Demo
The new AspireReader 4.0 software player for struggling students will be demonstrated during a 1-hr session. This new software improves learning outcomes by providing multi-sensory tools for accessing digital talking books, webpages, and rich text documents.
Please click here for details > <>
I look forward to seeing you there.
Warmest Regards,
Richard Schatzberg
Chief Executive Officer
Aequus Technologies


Celebrate Dolphin’s 20th Anniversary at CSUN 2006
March 22– 25
Are you interested in the latest Access and Education technology for people who are blind or low vision or print impaired? You are!
Are you planning to visit the CSUN Conference 2006? You are!
Dolphin Computer Access would love to meet you, please call by the Dolphin booth #317/318, situated in the Marriott.
Dolphin has been a leader in the accessibility industry for 20 years, and to celebrate this CSUN 2006 will see the launch of Dolphin’s next generation version 7.0, access software. Supernova v7.0 offers users more features than any other combined screen reader and magnifier, and comes with continued robust support for all Microsoft supported platforms, including support for Citrix networks and Terminal Server sessions, as standard. All Dolphin access products are available on the Dolphin Pen – the coolest way to take your access software with you and have it run on any compatible computer, any time and anywhere!
Dolphin will also be demonstrating its latest Pocket Hal, screen reader. Launched at the recent ATIA Conference, Pocket Hal offers a full screen reader for PDA users, providing the same level of functionality as the full desk top version of Hal.
Dolphin is also busy working on screen reader solutions for Smartphones. To find out about the latest developments visit the Dolphin booth #317/318. Now whether you are at school, at work or on the move; Dolphin has a solution for you!
Ever wanted to create accessible materials instantly? Visit the Dolphin booth to try out their latest Text to Digital Talking Book software. Dolphin Producer is becoming the most talked about solution for creating instant DAISY Digital Talking Books from text documents – perfect for creating instantly accessible materials at the push of a button.
Dolphin would also like to invite you to our presentation sessions during your visit to CSUN:
Mobile Access Solutions – Pocket Hal for PDAs
Wednesday 22 March at 9:20 AM, in the Boston Room - Marriott
DAISY Accessibility for the masses Using EaseReader
Wednesday 22 March at 10:40 AM, in the Denver Room - Marriott
Text To Digital Talking Books In An Instant - Dolphin Producer
Wednesday 22 March at 1:30PM, in the Denver Room - Marriott
Advanced Synthesizer Technology from Dolphin
Saturday 25 March at 10:40 AM, in the Dallas Room - Marriott
If you are unable to make any of the presentation sessions please drop by the Dolphin booth and we will be happy to demonstrate any of the latest range of Access and Education software to you.
We look forward to meeting you in 2006.

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